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   Posted 1/5/2010 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I went through a few weeks of BAD anxiety. I quit smoking and I always have the winter "blahs", and I think (and my doctor thinks) that this triggered the anxiety attacks. This has happened twice before in 15 years and I've only taken Xanax for it (which helps a lot). This was pretty bad though (severe health anxiety - I think from quitting smoking).

Anyways, he prescribed my 10mp Paxil that I take in the mornings. Now, 2 weeks later, I'm A LOT better, and I'd say I'm 90% back to normal. I'm back to sleeping fine, eating fine, and the anxiety is under control. I am a bit "foggy", but just a bit (probably due to the Paxil, or the fact that I didn't sleep for almost 2 weeks - take your pick). I'm much "clearer" in the evenings than in the early afternoons. He also prescribed me Trodozone for sleep, but I haven't taken one in a week, and I'm fine. Also, I haven't taken a Xanax in a week and I've been fine...

My question is, I haven't been on the Paxil that long either, and would like to stop it before I get addicted to it too bad. Has anyone stopped after only a couple / few weeks? Are the severity of the withdrawls related to how long you've been on it? I would find it hard to believe I've become TOO addicted after only 2 weeks (say compared to years). The doctor said it would take 2 weeks to take effect anyway, so my body has only been "effected" by it for a very short period. And the dosage (10mg) seems pretty small as well...

Any thoughts? I've read some pretty bad stories about people quitting Paxil after years, but nothing about stopping after a couple weeks...


Post Edited (rfromet) : 1/5/2010 9:48:16 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/5/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum. I have never used Paxil but I would think if you have only taken it for 2 weeks coming off of it would be pretty benign. Talk it over with your physician and glad to hear you have made such a great turn around.

Take care,


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   Posted 1/6/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   

I took Paxil for about 5 months or so.. give or take, not sure. But, when I finally decided to get off of it, it wasnt that bad. In fact, I dont even remember anything specific about how it effected me. So, apparently, it wasnt too bad, otherwise I would remember it! After 2 weeks, it shouldnt be that bad at all. It really just depends on the person. Some people can handle it better than others...and some people have more/worse symptoms. So, it just depends.

Hope that helps some! Take care!


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